Northwest Iowa Lifelong Learning & Recreation Center

LLRC Members,

As we move closer to the start of the Fall semester, we’ve continued to assess how we can move forward with our re-opening plans. We hope you’ve noticed the work and effort our team has put in to make your workouts with us as safe and comfortable as possible, and we are excited to announce that we will move into Phase III of our re-opening plans on Monday, August 17.

As you read this message, please know that we continue to move through a phased re-opening plan – we will continue to monitor and open more areas, hours, and programs when we can.


LLRC Phase III of Re-opening Plan

The LLRC will enter Phase III of our Re-opening Plan on Monday, August 17. This date coordinates with the start of the Fall semester and the implementation NCC’s Fall Procedures.

What is different in Phase III?

Updated COVID-19 Screening Questions

Facility Hours

Area capacities

Showers, locker-rooms, and towels

Basketball Court Use

Group Fitness Classes

Personal Training


Facility Hours

The LLRC will be open to members in the following limited increments throughout the day to allow for cleaning and disinfecting between peak hours. In Phase II we have expanded these hours of operation to include:

Monday through Friday

5:30 AM to 10:00 AM

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


5:30 AM to 10:00 AM

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM


1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Please note that these are separate periods of open hours. We will be closed before, after, and in between these hours to thoroughly clean and disinfect the facility and equipment. While we are closed, our focus will be on cleaning and disinfecting – if we miss your phone call or email, we promise to return your message as soon as we return to the LLRC front desk.

What will be open and available?

All workout space and equipment will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will not be taking reservations for any equipment or areas other than our Basketball Courts (please see the Basketball Court Usage section).

The following areas of the LLRC will be open but with limited capacity:

Aerobics Room – 20 or fewer individuals

North Court (reserved for court use) – 24 or fewer individuals

South Court (reserved for court use) – 24 or fewer individuals

Track – 10 or fewer individuals

Weight Room – 24 or fewer individuals

East Fitness – 10 or fewer individuals

North Fitness – 10 or fewer individuals

Lobby – 10 or fewer individuals

Social distancing practices will be enforced in these areas in addition to capacity limitations.

Access to the LLRC will continue to only be granted to members, including punch card users, NCC student members, monthly community members, and annual community members. Guest passes are not yet available. 

The indoor track will be accessible, but walkers will be asked to maintain social distancing practices.

Locker rooms and showers will re-open in Phase III. These spaces will be disinfected regularly by LLRC staff.

Towel service will begin again in Phase III.

Water-bottle filling stations will be accessible; however, drinking fountains will be closed. We encourage LLRC members to bring their own water bottles when coming to exercise.

All LLRC members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. No exceptions will be made.

Basketball Court Usage

During Phase III, all of our courts will be available for individual workouts/practice or immediate family use only. Immediate family includes family members that reside in the same household – for example, they are on a Family Membership together.

Reservations can be made in 30-minute increments for one hoop. Individuals and immediate family groups may reserve court space and time through our registration website at

Reservations can be made for basketball, tennis, volleyball, pickleball, and soccer use.

Directions on how to reserve court space and time are attached to this message.

Again, all LLRC members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. No exceptions will be made.

No pick-up games will be allowed. If this occurs, individuals will be asked to disperse and their reservation will be null and void. If violations persist, no future admittance for the remainder of the summer will be allowed and no refund will be given.

Group Fitness and Personal Training

We have begun phasing in small group fitness classes and one-on-one personal training sessions. Current schedules for Group Fitness classes can be found on our website at

Social distancing practices will be strictly enforced, pre-registration for classes and training appointments will be required, and group fitness classes will have limited capacities.

Personal training clients can schedule appointments by calling the LLRC at (712) 324-2493. 

Directions for pre-registering for Group Fitness classes have been attached to this message. 

What can I expect when I come to the LLRC?

Signage will be posted on exterior doors to notify LLRC members that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 will be allowed access to the facility. Temperature checks have been discontinued across the NCC campus as of July 17, 2020. 

New COVID-19 Screening Questions have been posted per the Sioux County Department of Public Health’s recommendations. These questions include:

  • Have you been in close contact (within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes) with someone who has a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis within the last 14 days?
  • Do you currently have any of the following symptoms that appear to be abnormal to you?
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

To enter any campus building (including the LLRC), individuals must answer “no” to these questions.

All LLRC members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. No exceptions will be made.

All LLRC members will be expected to continue following social distancing practices – maintaining a distance of 6 feet apart.

Alternating pieces of cardio equipment may be unavailable for use to support social distancing practices. Some equipment has been moved around in the weight room to allow for safe, distanced use.

Signage will be posted around the facility to promote social distancing guidelines.

Tape will be placed along the floor to indicate traffic flow and to encourage social distancing in areas where lines and groups may form.

We will only have one employee stationed at the LLRC front desk at a time during our open hours. Please be patient, because that staff person may be multitasking during our open hours.

Plexiglas has been installed at the front desk for member and staff safety. Additional employees will be circulating throughout the facility to clean and sanitize between equipment use, but they will maintain social distancing guidelines.

Members are strongly encouraged to exercise individually, rather than in larger groups (6 or less arriving together at one time).

Any LLRC staff member within 6-feet of a co-worker or patron will be required to wear a facemask. 

LLRC members are welcome to wear their own facemasks if they feel comfortable doing so when visiting the LLRC, but it is not required.

Our LLRC employees must answer “no” to a series of screening questions to enter.

Hand sanitizer is readily available for employees and LLRC members and located throughout our facility. A station is located near the front entrance, and staff and members are encouraged to use hand sanitizer as they enter and exit the building. 

LLRC members have always been asked and will still be expected to wipe down their equipment before using and after using it. As always, we have disinfectant wipes stations spaced out throughout the facility.

There will continue to be no “working in” on equipment and circuits are discouraged. LLRC members must finish sets and wipe off equipment.

Commonly-touched surfaces throughout the entire facility such as door handles, bathrooms, equipment, etc., will be cleaned and sanitized at least once every hour by LLRC employees.

Most of our shared, hand-held, and smaller equipment will continue to be located behind the LLRC front desk to be checked out for use. This will allow us to disinfect thoroughly between users.

Every 30 minutes, LLRC staff will announce social distance and cleaning protocol reminders on our PA system.

What about LLRC East and 24/7 Access?

 A timeline for re-opening LLRC East has not yet been finalized. We appreciate your patience! Please understand that the LLRC East facility is located on Sanford Sheldon’s campus, and we are working with Sanford administration on how to safely re-open that location. We hope as you do too, that we can return to normal operations as soon as possible. In the meantime, we hope to see you at the LLRC on the NCC campus. As soon as we have more information regarding LLRC East, we will share that via member emails, our website, and social media.

What happens if someone does not follow these re-opening policies?

The LLRC reserves the right to refuse service/access to any patron.

The LLRC will operate with a zero-tolerance policy through the remainder of the summer. Failure to follow the above guidelines and policies will result in being asked to leave, no future admittance for the remainder of the summer, and no refund.

When we re-opened the LLRC earlier this summer on May 18 after being closed for 9 weeks due to COVID-19, we extended memberships by 12 weeks starting from our re-opening date. If you have any questions about your updated expiration date, please call the LLRC Front Desk at (712) 324-2493.

We understand that change is hard, this list is long, and our phased approach to re-opening has been embraced by some and has constrained others. Your health and safety is our number one priority. We are confident that this phased approach is the best way to prioritize the health and well-being of our members, staff, and the communities we serve. We have been and will continue to work with local health professionals, our cleaning supply company, NCC’s leadership, public health personnel, and college recreation colleagues to ensure best practices are maintained. And we will continue to listen to members’ concerns and make adjustments as needed. Please let us know what we can do to make you feel more confident and safe.

I hope you’ll join me in thanking the LLRC front desk staff, our LLRC custodian Martin, and our colleagues around campus for their support and help in re-opening the LLRC with concern and care.

We hope that you are healthy and well, and we hope to see you around the LLRC soon! As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me via phone call, email, or in-person if you have any questions or concerns.

Be well,


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Strong Mind. Strong Body.

Northwest Iowa Community College’s Lifelong Learning & Recreation Center is available to college students, staff, faculty, and community members. It provides wellness and recreation facilities and equipment, as well as space for trainings, conventions, conferences, and trade shows.  

Goals of the LLRC:

  • To provide a clean, safe, and friendly environment for all participants.
  • To provide opportunities for wellness and recreation for students of NCC and community members.
  • To be a resource for wellness information and promote lifelong wellness and learning.

Recreation Center FAQs


  • Monday–Friday 5:00am–10:00pm
  • Saturday 5:00am–6:00pm
  • Sunday 1:00pm–10:00pm

Summer Hours (Memorial Day–August 15)

  • Monday–Friday 5:00am–10:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am–4:00pm
  • Sunday 2:00pm–7:00pm


  • Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 12noon – 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays 8:ooam – 1:00pm
  • Access to LLRC East before and after staffed hours is restricted to 24/7 access card users. Cards can be purchased at LLRC East and are $10 for the first card and $5 for subsequent cards for spouses and family members. Please call 712-324-6152 for more information.

Yes. The laps per mile for our track are as follows:

  • Inside lane = 14 laps/mile
  • Middle lane = 13.25 laps/mile
  • Outside lane = 12.5 laps/mile

We offer a variety of cardiovascular and strength equipment including:

  • Weight machines
  • Free weights
  • Treadmills
  • Fitness bikes
  • Rowers

The LLRC uses Matrix Fitness equipment, one of the world’s premier commercial fitness brands.

Our basketball court divided into two courts.

It is also a full size tennis and volleyball court.

Our LLRC staff is happy to set up tennis or volleyball standards for you if you call 30 minutes ahead.

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